Taraji P. Henson, Brooke Mackie and Ashunta Sheriff host 3rd Annual Halloball in Chicago

Ashunta Sheriff, Taraji P. Henson and Brooke Mackie – (Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

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“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, Brooke Mackie, and Ashunta Sherriff hosted the 3rd annual Halloball at the Sugar Factory in Chicago. This year, the theme of the event was all things ’80s. Spandex, Jherri Curls, and fanny packs were in abundance. Taraji donned a Grace Jonesesque outfit and her VIP section was a madhouse for the duration of the night. A few celebrity sightings included Yaya Dacosta of “Chicago P.D.” and Ta’Rhonda Jones of “Empire.” This year’s event stayed true to form with Chicago notables packing the Sugar Factory from wall to wall celebrating the official launch into the fall season.

Check out a few of the pictures in the gallery below.

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Janet Jackson shares thoughts while visiting Gary Indiana

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Janet Jackson in her hometown Gary Indiana visiting her brothers old High-School – (Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

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Janet Jackson was in town recently for her ‘State Of The World tour’. The tour has been selling out across the country and the reviews have been stellar. The recent Chicago stop brought her closer to her hometown of Gary Indiana. As a result, she decided to make a visit to Gary, a place she had not been since she was eight years old.

Her first stop was the famous 2300 Jackson St. An extremely humble home that produced two of the biggest superstars the world has ever known. Then Janet and Randy Jackson made their way to the high-school her brothers attended, The Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy. Legend has it that the auditorium at the school is the first place the Jackson Five ever performed.
The students were beyond excited to see Janet and asked her a few questions during her visit. When asked what she thought her biggest accomplishment was Janet said having her son at 51 was her biggest accomplishment. She was told by many doctors that it couldn’t happen. She was also asked who her favorite artists were now and she mentioned Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.

“For the students, it was definitely an opportunity of a lifetime. They attend school every day passing the Jackson family home and to see Janet and Randy Jackson in front of their very eyes, showing a genuine interest in them, wanting to hear from them. It reminds them that anything is possible,” said the school’s principal Donna Henry. “Millions of people love Janet Jackson, the Jackson family, but I think the outpouring of love from these young people, from her hometown, was emotional and fulfilling [for Janet].”

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Atonement – The spirit of The Million Man March 

22 years ago I paid $50 for a round trip bus ticket that would change my life. The trip would take me to Washington DC for the Million Man March organized by Minister Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. I was 23 years old with no direction or focus trying to find out more about me. Injustice towards Black people was just as prevalent as it is today. This injustice and economic empowerment were the focal point. A sea of Black men came together in order for the world to take notice and make a change.

There were a few things I came back to Chicago with after my trip. I recognized the power of coming together for one common cause. I developed an understanding of what the Black man means to our families and to our country. I also learned the concept of being self sustaining through ownership and business The most important lesson I learned on that day was the one of forgiveness. 
October 16th 1995 was more than a gathering of one million Black men calling for freedom justice and equality. It was also the day of atonement. A day to ask for forgiveness for anything that you may have done that harmed someone. It was a day to sincerely work towards making a mends. 

22 years later Black people find themselves in a situation where it feels like the establishment is looking to turn back time. The only difference now is that so many of us are so distracted from the reality of this and we don’t even notice what is happening. We have relinquished our freedom to a screen. In this moment it is imperative that we claim our freedom and get better at the same time. 

In the spirit of The Million Man March I am taking this moment to apologize to anyone I have wronged in any way. I am atoning for my sins before the creator. I do this in order to move forward with a clear focus and mind in order to change my circumstance and the circumstance of Black people. Long Live The Spirit of The Million Man March.
-Precise

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Waka Flocka said he is black and didn’t sell his soul at ‘Wild N Out’ tour in Chicago

 

If you are anything like me you probably though Waka was buggin on Sway in the Morning the other day. He mentioned he was not Black and it caused a frenzy on the internet. Well on the Chicago stop of the Wild N Out tour where Waka was a musical guest he took a moment to clear the air.

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Surround Sound of Fashion is on the cutting edge

Photo Credit – Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

The Logan center located in the Hyde Park community of Chicago was the spot for the 9th annual Surround Sound Of Fashion. Nathan Gilbert the founder of this event called it a “Fashion motion picture”. Designers from across the United States come to showcase their clothing in the midst up music and art. It is a carnival for the senses. Rapper Dave East closed out the show.

My personal favorites were Iridium, Born Fly and Fila. Take a look at a few pictures in the gallery.

-Precise

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G Herbo holds listening session for ‘Humble Beast’ at CRC Studios

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Chicago rapper G Herbo recently dropped his project “Humble Beast”. During a listening session at CRC studios G Herbo discussed the project and how his purpose is to help change the lives of the youth.

Under the tutelage of the legendary rapper Mikkey Halsted, Herbo has matured into a great story teller with a great level of intensity. The lead single “Everything”  is a high energy song that covers a wide array of , well everything. The album version features Lil Uzi Vert.

G Herbo is the voice of the youth and it’s going to be exciting to see his career grow.

Check out a few pictures from the listening session below.

 

 

-Precise

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G Herbo talks his new album ‘Humble Beast’ at private listening in Chicago

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Chicago rapper G Herbo recently dropped his latest project ‘Humble Beast’. He had a private listening at the famed CRC Studios and discussed the project and how he is here to change lives.

Listen to and share “Take Our Time” by Precise produced by Tye Hill from the release “Ladies Love Mixtapes”

Lauryn Hill breaks the streak

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Lauryn Hill – Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

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LAURYN HILL SHOWED UP! The Powernomics tour featuring Lauryn Hill and Nas was launched in Chicago recently at Northerly Island outdoor concert venue. The cool late summer night brought out a sea of Gen X’ers excited to see two of the best lyricists hip hop has given the world. Scrolling social media the mention of the Nas show drew excitement; however the elimination of one obvious name did not go unnoticed. Lauryn has had her share of troubles. Tax issues, jail time and music industry woes have been a thorn in the side of the multi Grammy winning artist. Showing up late and sometimes not showing up at all for performances have affected fans to the point where it may feel like rolling dice to buy tickets to one of her shows.

Having Nas as a co-headliner can’t hurt your chances of selling tickets and if Lauryn doesn’t show at least you got a Nas performance. That was something the fans didn’t have to worry about this time. After an amazing reggae filled opening set by Chronixx Nas hit the stage with an excitement that drove the fans bezerk. He did a few songs and disappeared off the stage then the backdrop started to fill up with emotionally jarring photos from across the world. One of the photos was of Miss Hill. The anticipation was high. The band played at a feverish pitch until the moment Lauryn came out and the crowd erupted.

If you are expecting Ms Hill to perform any of her songs from “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” you will get that, the only difference is that the songs will not sound like anything you have heard from the album. There is speculation that the songs are not performed with their original production because of legal issues. Instead Hill has opted for rapid fire production laced with African rhythms. The background singers and the band deliver amazing performances as Lauryn blazes the microphone mercilessly. My only suggestion to Ms. Hill is that she do the verse to “Many Mic’s” acapella.

Nas returned to the stage to perform “The World is Yours” and “Hate Me Now” then Lauryn joined him to perform “If I  Ruled The World”. Nas was engaged with the audience while Ms Hill found some issue with the sound while they sang. With that being said it was great to see these two legends perform some of the greatest songs ever written and it was even greater that Lauryn Hill showed up and showed out.

Take a look at a few pics from the show below.